100 YEARS AGO TODAY
February 3, 1913
Placing Tacoma businessmen in direct communication with the quartermaster’s department of the United States Army, E.W. Runyan, clerk in the quartermaster’s office in Seattle, arrived in Tacoma this morning to take charge of the Tacoma branch. An office will be opened in Room 504 of the Savage-Scofield Building Wednesday or Thursday. The new office will have charge of the government dock in this city. All matters pertaining to the business of the quartermaster’s department will pass through it, and will not be necessary for businessmen to negotiate with its Seattle office.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY
February 3, 1963
A disagreement between Republican and Democrats who formed a coalition to control the House came out in the open Saturday as the Legislature passed the one-third mark. The disagreement concerning extension of the state’s 4 percent sales tax to bowling activities, was the first rift in coalition policy matters to come to the surface. The 48 Republicans and seven Democrats have held solidly together throughout the first 20 days when they were under almost constant attack and criticism by the 44 regular Democrats who fought the coalition’s right to organize the House.
25 YEARS AGO TODAY
February 3, 1988
Tacoma voters Tuesday night overwhelmingly approved two ballot measures that will deliver $111.4 million to Tacoma schools for basic education and major construction, while a third proposition to issue $11.3 million to bonds for L.H. Bates Vocational-Technical School will be decided by absentee ballots. Unofficial returns indicated that Proposition A – two one-year maintenance and operation levies totaling $54.6 million – won 70 percent voter support, according to Pierce County Auditor Brian Sonntag.